The Amish

Did you tune in for The Amish documentary on PBS’s American Experience last night?  It’s a beautiful, thoughtful film – the visuals are breathtaking, the score is lovely, the stories make you weep, and you learn without fully realizing how much information you’re absorbing.  It was pretty neat to work under the same roof with most of the production team, watching as they toiled to get access, find the stories, shoot, edit, and craft the film. Kudos to them and the crew.

Miss the premiere? You can watch it online at

Would love to hear what you think about it!

Country Drive

“I’m bored is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of.  And even the inside of your own mind is endless – it goes on forever inwardly, you understand? Being-the fact that you’re alive is amazing. So you don’t get to be bored.”

Some episodes of Louie require a steel stomach and an openness to hearing pretty shocking stand-up comedy, but in the end, it’s worth it for episodes like this one:

The first eight minutes alone are awesome, the best part being Louie car-soloing to The Who. Reminds me of my dad when my sisters and I were young, gaping in the backstreet while he belted Cat Stevens or Three Dog Night with a steering wheel and cup-holder drum set.